We are delighted to announce the second Laydeez do Comics Award.
The Laydeez do Comics Award is the first women-only prize for a graphic novel work in progress by a UK-based creator. This represents a recognition and celebration of the wealth of comics work currently being produced by female-identifying people based in the UK.
LDC’s interest has always been in the drama of the everyday and the autobiographical. Within that remit we are looking for original and innovative work in progress, that stretch definitions of the comics form as well as the subject matter. The Laydeez do Comics prize will be awarded to the graphic novel work in progress that, in the opinion of the judges, shows the most potential.
THE LDC PRIZE
First Prize: £2,000
Five shortlisted entries: £200 each
The Rosalind B. Penfold Prize for “finding your voice over the age of fifty”
will be presented as one of the shortlisted prizes
Rosalind B. Penfold was aged 59 when her first graphic novel, Dragonslippers: this is what an abusive relationship looks like, was published by Penguin (Canada) in 2004. It was subsequently translated into nine languages, becoming an important resource worldwide. Discussing the genre of graphic memoir in The Guardian in 2012, Bryan and Mary Talbot wrote: “Dragonslippers is a visceral account of domestic violence … It’s hard to think of a more effective medium for communicating this kind of painful experience. Anyone who’s concerned about the prevention of violence against women should read it.” The Penfold Prize recognizes that many women come late to the table with a lifetime of important domestic experiences worth documenting. This is to encourage and reward their voices.
Deadline for digital entry:
11 January 2019
Deadlines for printed zines:
20 January 2019
26 January 2019
11 February 2019
Final winner announced:
31 March 2019
All shortlisted entries will also receive a one-to-one free Laydeez Review session including a critique of their work, as well as professional advice from an acclaimed graphic novelist.
The judging panel for the LDC award is made up of four invited judges, with one vote per judge. The judges have been carefully selected to represent a range of interests and varying knowledge of the graphic novel form.
Olivia Ahmad is Curator at the House of Illustration. In 2016, Oliva co-curated the critically acclaimed exhibition, “Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics”, the UK’s largest ever display of the work of pioneering female comics artists.
Samira Ahmed is a freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster at the BBC, where she has presented Radio 3’s Night Waves and Radio 4’s PM, The World Tonight, Sunday and Front Row.
Steven Appleby is an absurdist cartoonist, illustrator and artist. Publications include, Normal Sex, (1994), Men: The Truth, (1995), Jim: The Nine Lives of a Dysfunctional Cat (2003), ABC of Childhood (2005), The Captain Star Omnibus ( 2008), The Coffee Table Book Of Doom (2011) and Guide to Life (2013).
Philippa Perry is a psychotherapist and the author of the graphic novel, Couch Fiction (2010), a graphic tale of psychotherapy, How to Stay Sane (2012), and her forthcoming publication, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did (2019).
All entries must be submitted as both a digital AND a printed version (zine).
Please complete this application form.
You will need to collate and upload your images as a single PDF onto dropbox or some other sharing platform. You will need to label your file with your surname, and then include the link to this folder on the application form.
Please read the zine guidelines here
The digital version is for judges.
The printed version will be exhibition purposes during the Laydeez Festival in London.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR THE LDC AWARD
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What do you mean by “woman”?
We welcome entries from people who self-identify as female, including trans and non-binary people.
I have a publishing contract for my work, but it hasn’t been published yet, can I enter?
Can I enter if I am a student?
Yes, the competition is open to everyone who identifies as female and is based in the UK.
I do not consider myself British, but I live in the UK, can I enter?
Yes, if your main place of residence is the UK, you are eligible to enter.
I have a short story comic, can I enter?
No, sorry. The competition is looking for opening extracts from long form works that are in progress and show promise for development. By “long form” we mean the final work is expected to be in book form in excess of 200 pages.
I have not finished my graphic novel, can I enter?
We are inviting submission of the first 12 pages of a longer work. We ask that you include a short written synopsis of the overall narrative. We do not expect you to have completed the whole work, the prize money is intended to go towards supporting this activity. However, we do expect you to have the idea fully formed. We are looking for work that shows potential and will have an audience.
I have written the script for a graphic novel but have not found an artist, can I enter?
No, sorry. We will not accept written scripts and we will not consider collaborative works. We will only be considering works produced by one person.
I applied last year to the 2018 award can I re-apply this year?
Yes, you can.
I applied last year to the 2018 award, can I re-submit the same work?
No, you can only re-apply to the award with the same work if it has been developed in some new ways. An identical entry will not be acceptable.